17th Annual Deering Seafood Festival Delights Foodies With Cooking Demonstrations From Miami’s Top Chefs

On Sunday, March 26, The Deering Estate Foundation will welcome guests of all ages to the acclaimed 17th Annual Deering Seafood Festival at the historic Deering Manor. As every year, this wildly popular event will feature food from some of Miami’s best restaurants and caterers, a kids’ zone, a beer garden, live entertainment, boat rides on Biscayne Bay and—one of the highlights of the day— highly-anticipated chef showcase tent that will feature five esteemed chefs, from local fan favorites to respected South Florida names with nods to James Beard and the Michelin guide.

Sponsored by Amerant Bank, this tent will feature six one-hour seafood cooking demonstrations by five of South Florida’s top chefs and a pair of winners from the annual Deering Seafood Festival Student Culinary Competition held at the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Admin March 9, 2023 To ensure these chefs are well supported, 10 FIU Culinary students will serve as sous chefs for the cooking demonstrations.

This year’s participating chefs represent the diversity of South Florida and its thriving restaurant scene. Honored Chefs include Chef Fiorella Cornejo (Rusty Pelican), Dynamic Chef Duo (Suviche), Chef Eileen Andrade (FINKA, Barbakoa by FINKA and Amelia’s 1931), Chef Michael Bolen (Lion & The Rambler) and Maria Cummins (The Real Food Academy) . Our featured student winners are Leo Soto and Malvina Romaniuk. Within their allotted time, each professional and student chef will do a 45-minute cooking demonstration of a seafood dish and have 15 minutes to pass out sample tastings of their dish and clean up. During this time, audience members will be able to ask the chef questions about their dish, their restaurant and cooking in general. Seating is first come, first served and a maximum of 100 guests.

On March 9, the Deering Seafood Festival Student Culinary Competition features eight students challenged to make and present an original Key West pink shrimp recipe paired with an original cocktail—all in 45 minutes. The winners of the competition will not only get to cook their dish live at the Deering Seafood Festival, but will also receive $1,000 in college scholarships. The winners, Leo Soto and Malvina Romaniuk, won for Soto’s inventive creation of Angel’s Envy Bourbon-Glazed Key West Shrimp with Roasted Sesame Pineapple Purée and Key Lime Aioli Pie. The dish was paired with Romaniuk’s delicious Peach Spring in Tulum cocktail.

The 17th Annual Deering Seafood Festival will be held on Sunday March 26 from 10am to 6pm at the Deering Estate. Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave., in Palmetto Bay. Festival-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online. Tickets for adults are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and tickets for children ages 4-14 are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Admission is free for members of the Deering Estate Foundation, but members must obtain a ticket online which is required to log in. Members will be prompted to add their membership number when booking their complimentary tickets online.

Ticket prices include admission and most activities, but exclude food, beverages, boat rides and vendor purchases. All proceeds will benefit the Deering Estate Foundation and are used to provide funding, advocacy and support for the Deering Estate and its initiatives. For more information about the event, please visit www.deeringseafoodfestival.org. Click here to view past festival photos from All Star Event Photography.

As a non-profit organization, annual events like this cannot happen without the help of generous community support. The 17th Annual Deering Seafood Festival is made possible by over 35 sponsors including: Eric’s Outboard; Shield pest control; Golden Rule Seafood; Shaka Kai; Sports grill; Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniel Cava; McLusky, McDonald & Hughes; Amerant Bank; Gordon Food Service and Eagle Brands. Media and in-kind sponsors such as Kiddos Magazine, Community Newspapers, Community Health of South Florida, Florida International University and Miami International Airport also make this huge festival a reality. Finally, we couldn’t do this without thanking the Miami-Dade County Tourism Development Board, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council and the Board of County Commissioners for their unwavering support.

The Deering Estate is open daily for guests of all ages to enjoy its outdoor space, wildlife viewing, bay views and private access to the on-site museums. Take a look upcoming events and programs at the Deering Estate. For more information, updates and new content, please visit www.deeringestate.org or find us at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About the Deering Estate Foundation
For those who value the Deering Estate, advocate for its preservation and want to invest in its future, Deering Estate Foundation provides opportunities for both individuals and corporations to participate in memberships, signing events and one-of-a-kind experiences, all in service of providing vital funding and support to the Deering Estate. Through these efforts, the Foundation fulfills its mission to maintain the legacy of Charles Deering’s prized property from the 1920s, to provide funding for the cultural, educational, and recreational experiences it offers, as well as its significant scientific and archaeological efforts to preserve the diverse flora, fauna and eight native ecosystems that thrive on its 450 acres, and to ensure its longevity as a treasured American heritage site. Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and a philanthropic partner of the Deering Estate. Interested parties can become members here.

About the Deering Estate
Deering Estate, located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Miami, is a 21st-century house museum, cultural and environmental field station, and National Register of Historic Places national landmark owned by the State of Florida and operated by the Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space. Deering Estate has been designated as one of seven Miami-Dade County “Heritage Parks” that play a vital role in our community’s history, environment, and in providing recreational and cultural experiences.


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